Russian and foreign tourists have long "laid eyes" on the Karelian Territories. And the point is not only in their virgin nature and unique architectural monuments. The main reason is simple: the tourist season in the republic is not limited to three summer months - people continuously travel to Karelia throughout the year. Fans of active tourism and those who love quiet travel with the whole family will find rest here to their liking.
Karelia is located in the north-west of the country and is part of the North-West Federal District. This is a republic within Russia: it has its own coat of arms, flag and anthem. About 50% of the territory of the Karelian Territory is covered with forest, and a quarter is covered with water. Karelia is the land of lakes, there are more than 61 thousand of them, and another 27 thousand rivers and 29 reservoirs. The largest lakes are Ladoga and Onega, and the largest rivers are Vodla, Vyg, Kovda, Kem, Sunna and Shuya.
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Main types of recreation: sightseeing tours (Kizhi - Valaam - Solovki - Kivach Waterfall - Marcial Waters - Ruskeala marble canyon), active recreation (quad bike safari, rafting on rapids, hunting and fishing, hiking, ski trips, bike tours, jeep tours), children's and youth recreation in camps, event and holiday tours, recreation in cottages and tourist complexes.
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Karelia in winter is a time when you can enjoy northern nature without annoying mosquitoes, spend evenings by a warm fireplace, walk in snow-covered forests and, if you're lucky, watch the northern lights. Clean frosty air, beautiful majestic nature, a variety of active types of recreation - all this attracts tourists to the republic. Tours to Karelia in winter for the New Year are popular with rest in country bases.
What winter is in Karelia? The region is known for its unpredictable weather. Usually snow begins to fall in late autumn and lasts until spring. Thaws and frosts are possible, strong winds are typical for February. It should be noted that due to the high humidity, the cold is felt quite acutely, so you need to prepare well for the trip, take warm clothes and waterproof shoes with you, and a protective cream for the skin. The temperature in winter in Karelia can reach -25-30 ° C, but the average values are kept at around -10-15 ° C.
Tours for rest in Karelia in winter are very popular. In the cold season, many sights of the republic remain accessible and acquire a special charm under the snow cover. These are ancient monuments of wooden architecture, nature reserves with mountains, lakes and ice-free waterfalls. Opening hours of facilities located in the open air are reduced due to the short daylight hours, but in the evenings it will be pleasant to spend time with a cup of tea in a warm house, get acquainted with the local cuisine or go to a traditional bathhouse.
What to see in Karelia in winter? The famous monument of wooden architecture is the Kizhi Museum-Reserve, included in the UNESCO heritage list. The territory contains buildings that introduce the culture of the peoples of Zaonezhie. The architectural ensemble is formed by old churches, as well as residential buildings, mills, barns and outbuildings that recreate the look of traditional villages and settlements of the northern region. The main time for the construction of sights is the 18th-19th centuries. Among the main objects are the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord built in 1714 with 22 silver domes, the Church of the Intercession heated in winter, the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus from the 14th century, which was transported to the island. and other interesting structures. On the territory of the reserve there is a restaurant with traditional Karelian cuisine and herbal teas.
Kizhi are located on an island in Lake Onega. In winter, you can get here from Petrozavodsk by helicopter or hovercraft. Two-day snowmobile tours from Petrozavodsk are also organized.
Winter Karelia enchants with its natural attractions. Many travelers strive to see the picturesque marble rocks of the Ruskeala Park. This canyon appeared during the mining of marble by order of Catherine II, as material was needed for the construction of palaces and temples in the northern capital. In the last century, mining stopped, and over time, a beautiful lake appeared here, framed by black and white marble slopes with conifers.
There is a walking trail around the park. Winter in Ruskeala in Karelia attracts with the opportunity to see the color-changing evening illumination. Rocks in the light of lights will give a magical experience. You can also take the excursion route "Underground Ruskeala". Throughout the territory you can ride snowmobiles, warm up in a cafe and go to a gift shop.
Karelia - wild forests and picturesque lakes, fishing and outdoor activities. There are so many things in one region! We share information about holidays in Karelia: what are the prices in 2021 and how to organize a trip.
Karelia is an escape from civilization, an opportunity to slow down and breathe fresh air, to be in nature with loved ones. Recreation here is very different: someone puts up a tent on the shore of the lake, picks mushroom berries and meets surprisingly pink sunsets, someone lazily rests at a comfortable recreation center, preparing a barbecue, and someone is mastering extreme sports or exploring the sights of the republic.
We chose the last type of vacation - we arrived by car and drove around Karelia for two weeks, discovering the wonders of the region. I share my personal experience and advice on how to organize a comfortable vacation in Karelia in 2021.
Here you need to clearly understand what you want from your vacation in Karelia.
The Karelian summer is the time of flowering edges, berries and mushrooms. The best period for family outdoor recreation. In summer they go on vacation to Karelia to relax on the shore of the lake, pick berries, go hiking, raft down the river and go on excursions.
Summer in the region is rather short. If you want to catch the white nights, come from about May 26 to July 17, and even better - June 20-22, when night does not come at all. July is the warmest month when strawberries and cloudberries ripen. In August, it rains quite often, but you can feast on blueberries and blueberries.
We went to Karelia in August. For 2 weeks, we found all the weather conditions - from dank, lingering rain to heat, so take clothes for all occasions! Don't forget about repellents.
Autumn is for those who love bright colors, fishing and mushrooms. The weather is quite comfortable until mid-October, but not without rain.
Winter is snowy and beautiful. Basically up to -20 ° С, but there are also 30-degree frosts. This is the high season - many come to Karelia to the recreation centers and celebrate the New Year. In winter, entertainment is no less than in summer! Read how to relax in winter in Karelia.
Julia Melnikova. Photo: "Republic"/Sergey Yudin
The idea of a camping business - cheap and affordable outdoor recreation - came to us from abroad. In Karelia, over the past three years, 18 campgrounds have already opened - camps for tourists and travelers in the open air. Camping sites can be completely different: specially targeted for certain groups of vacationers, for example, for today's popular yoga practice clubs, for photographers and artists, for fishermen, for those who want to relax around a campfire in a tent, but with electricity, as well as showers, toilets and saunas nearby, for those who just need a convenient, well-equipped parking lot by a beautiful reservoir and attractions nearby.
At the Soul camp. Photo Instagram
Business is not the most costly and profitable, with the right organization and convenient location it can pay off quickly, does not require various permits and approvals - entrepreneurs who are or plan to organize tourism in nature tell about this.
Konstantin Volkov, a businessman from Petrozavodsk, works in the field of information technology. He said that he once visited Norway and discovered the idea of business camping, which is very popular there. I discussed everything with my colleagues, and together we decided to create the “Travel Hut” project. They came up with the idea of designing a mobile house that can be disassembled, loaded onto a trailer, transported and installed in the right place. That is, you can go in for tourism and build such cabins for sale.
Mobile cab. Photo: "Respublika"/Sergey Yudin
- It is important that no permits are required to install such a house. You can bring it, put it on stones, and this, in essence, is a new opportunity for tourism. In Russia today it is impossible by law to erect capital buildings on the lands of the forest fund, but such comfortable mobile homes can be erected in different places. And, for example, if people do not come to this or that place, then the house can be disassembled and transported to another or simply sold. This is a modern, mobile option for running a tourist business, it can also attract new people to active tourism - those people who want to engage in active tourism, but at the same time want to live in comfortable conditions, '' says Konstantin Volkov.
Entrepreneur Konstantin Volkov. Photo: "Respublika"/Sergey Yudin
The entrepreneur and his associates involved familiar construction specialists who designed the house, then rented premises, hired workers who built a mobile cabin over the winter. The cabin is made according to the type of frame housing construction: it is insulated inside, sheathed with metal on the outside. Konstantin said that he and his friends first considered foreign projects - Norwegian and Finnish, but they turned out to be very expensive. In rubles, an imported house can cost 1.5 million rubles, not counting the money for transportation across the border. Petrozavodsk businessmen cost about 500 thousand rubles for their own model of the cabin.
Eco-activist Mikhail Gusakov in the mobile house. Photo: "Respublika"/Sergey Yudin
A great option for winter recreation and adventure! Every day of the tour "Karelian Travels" is a unique new acquaintance, emotions and impressions! Tour to Karelia in winter "Karelian travels" invites you to a fascinating snowy journey through the mysterious land of North Karelia, the place where the epic "Kalevala" was born, where the endless expanses of lakes and the majestic taiga will give you a real winter vacation!
Dates of arrivals for 2021
January: 25-29 (no seats) February: 01-05 (no seats) 08-12 (no seats) 15-19 (6 seats) 21-25 (no seats) March: 01- 05 (6 seats) 06-10 (6 seats) 22-26 (6 seats)
Upon individual request, it is possible to extend the stay and change the date of arrival!
WHERE IS KALEVALA
Tour to Karelia in winter "Karelian travel" includes in its price: Group transfer railway Kem-Kalevala-railway Kem Accommodation in rooms "Standard" in the cottage "Polyarnaya Zvezda" in the cottage complex "VelT "Three meals a day according to the program (on active routes lunch is replaced by dry rations) Excursion" Kalevala, the homeland of the epic "4-hour snowmobile safari, equipment (accommodation for two people per snowmobile) Air walk" Winter cruise on Lake Kuito "Royal dinner" Karelian meal »Ice fishing during the cruise, equipment, meals Rent: skis, snowshoes," sledges ", equipment
Welcome to North Karelia!
Meeting guests at the Kem railway station (if you are traveling by railway transport), group transfer to the village of Kalevala (180 km). Departure from the railway station:
Moscow-St. Petersburg (Strizh train) + St. Petersburg-Murmansk train number 22 - transfer at 11:15 on dates in January 24; in February 07, 14; March 05
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